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Inexpensive Ways Of Keeping Your Gas Consumption Low

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you want to minimize your propane gas usage during the cold season? There are many ways of doing this, but some of them aren’t exactly cheap. Here are a few inexpensive measures that you can try: Fill the Holes Around Electrical Boxes Do your exterior boxes have some electrical boxes in them? If they do, then you are probably losing some heated air around those places. In most houses, the boxes do not have proper insulation around and behind them, which leads to considerable drafts. Luckily, this is something you can easily fix. You just need to remove the cover plates in the boxes and fill the small gaps with acrylic latex caulk. Next, cover the outlet with a foam gasket and then replace the cover plate. If you handle the work yourself, then you will just spend the few dollars for buying foam. Seal the Gaps Around Wall Extrusions Apart from electrical boxes, extrusions in your walls may also have some gaps around them. Plumbing fixtures such as gas lines and water pipes, as well as electrical cables, are the common causes of these gaps. During installation, contractors use different kinds of caulks to fill them, but these dry off and let in cool air from outside. If that is the case, then you should get some expanding foam to fill the holes. Cover the Windows Panes Windows are some of the most common routes through which heat loss occur. Replacing your windows with more energy efficient ones would be ideal, but that is going to cost you considerable money. Assuming that there are no gaps around the frame, a cheaper alternative is to cover the windows with a film of clear plastic. Do the same for other openings covered by large glasses, for example, sliding patio doors. They are inexpensive, and there are even scratch-resistant varieties to maintain your window aesthetics. Take Care of the Space Around the Chimney Lastly, if you have a chimney, then you may also be losing some warm air through the chimney, thereby causing your furnace to work extra hard.  Don’t forget that closing the chimney flue doesn’t make the area airtight; some warm air will still escape. Have you heard of a chimney balloon? This is an inflatable balloon that blocks the airflow whenever you are not using the chimney. You are supposed to take it down while using the chimney, but even if you don’t, they are designed to self-deflate when there is a fire in the chimney. All these measures are meant to keep cold air outside the house, and to keep the heated air inside. If you don’t do this, then your furnace will consume more gas to heat up the extra air. For more information about propane and propane tanks, contact Anderson’s Propane or a similar company....

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Don’t Be Tricked By Bed Bugs! Arm Yourself With These Prevention Tips

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a few common misconceptions when it comes to bed bugs. For one, people think that as long as they maintain a clean house that they won’t get bed bugs. For two, people tend to believe that if they live in a nice neighborhood and not in an apartment that they won’t get bed bugs. The truth of the matter is that anyone and everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs regardless of how clean their home is or where their home is located. Read on to learn how you can prevent bed bugs. Prevention Tips for Hotel Stays Think about using a large plastic bag to store your suitcase in while you’re staying in a hotel. Before you unpack, make sure to do a visual inspection of the room, including the mattress seams, chairs, sofas and behind the headboard. If you see something suspicious, notify the hotel’s management and request a new room or a refund so that you can stay elsewhere. Avoid placing your suitcase on the bed. Instead, place it on a rack that is off the floor and away from the wall. Alternatively, you can keep it in the bathtub. When you return home from a vacation or business trip, make sure to vacuum all suitcases inside and out. Bed bugs are known to hitch rides whenever they can. Don’t forget to also wash the clothes in your suitcase immediately. Prevention Tips for the Office Make sure that you thoroughly vacuum and clean every inch of the office, including the lobbies, hallways, offices, storefronts, kitchens and bathrooms. This should be done every day. Avoid clutter when possible, as this is the perfect hiding spot for bed bugs. Inspect new packages upon arrival for any signs of a bed bug infestation before allowing them inside the office. For business owners or managers, make sure that employees know to report a home bed bug infestation. This will allow you to take the proper precautions at the office to avoid an infestation in the office. General Prevention Tips for Everyone Make sure you have a bright, LED flashlight on hand so that you can perform quick inspections. Always wash clothes in hot water, as the bed bugs do not like the hot temperature. Avoid purchasing second-hand items, especially box springs and mattresses. If you must, make sure that you do a very thorough inspection of the items before allowing them inside your home. In fact, it may be better to leave this type of inspection up to a professional, like those at Professional Termite & Pest Control Inc. It may be wise to consider scheduling a bed bug inspection soon just to ensure that your home isn’t already infested. While you’re at it, make sure to request information on how to do your own monthly visual inspections so that you can catch an infestation early...

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3 Easy Tips For Beginner Recyclers

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the easiest ways to go green this year and offset your carbon footprint is to implement recycling as part of your waste disposal at home. With just a few simple steps and a bit of follow through, you and your family can be on your way to having a positive environmental impact on your community and on the world as a whole. Set Up Your Home Recycling doesn’t have to be a chore if you take the time to set your home up to make the process more streamlined. Pick up two different containers to hold recyclable items at any hardware store. Next, designate one container for glass items only. All other recyclables can be collected in the second container. Then make room for these containers in an easily accessible area near the kitchen. The closer you can get them to your regular garbage bin, the better. This distance is important because you are much more likely to take the time to separate things here versus traveling to multiple spots throughout the home.  Know Which Items Can Be Recycled Unlike regular garbage collection, recycling has certain criteria that must be met before an item can be tossed in the container. The most common recyclable items in American homes include metals like aluminum and tin cans, paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, batteries, electronics, and even light bulbs.  It is best to check with your garbage collection company ahead of time to see what services are offered locally and to make sure they do not have certain restrictions in place. When it comes to recycling, take the time to do your homework before putting items in your recycling bins. Choose a Method That Fits Your Schedule In most areas people have the option to have recycling picked up weekly or to drop it off at a recycling facility. While choosing to have your recycling picked up can be more convenient, it usually comes with an extra fee. Alternatively, dropping your recycling off at a processing facility is normally free. As an added bonus, in certain areas you can even be reimbursed for the items you recycle. Whichever option you choose, it is important to remember that recycling facilities require all your items to be separated into appropriate bins. This is where your careful planning really works in your favor. Because you’ve already purchased separate recycling bins for your home, you won’t have to go through the process during a drop...

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3 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The septic tank is an important part of your home’s waste disposal. Anytime you flush your toilet, put something down the drain, or even use your garbage disposal it goes to the septic tank. That is why it is important to make sure your septic tank is working as it should. Unfortunately, after a certain period of time, it will need to be pumped, but how can you know when yours is due? Here are three signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped as soon as possible. 1. Foul odor coming from the drains. One of the biggest signs that your septic tank could be due for pumping is a foul odor emanating from your drains. If you notice a rotten egg smell when you shower or coming from the sink drain when someone is using water elsewhere in the house, then you need to call someone to come and inspect your septic tank soon. It could mean that your septic tank is full and needs to be pumped or that it has a leak that needs to be fixed. Either way, taking care of your septic tank quickly can help you avoid further unpleasant smells in your home, as well as more significant problems with your septic tank. 2. Slowly draining toilet. If you flush your toilet, and it seems to take forever to finally drain, then your septic tank may need to be pumped. One reason for your toilet to drain so slowly could be that the drain field of the septic tank is backed up. If that is the case for you, then having a professional, like from The Outhouse, come out to pump your septic tank should correct the problem. If you still have a toilet that drains slowly after having your septic tank pumped, then there could be plumbing issues that will need further inspection from a plumber. 3. Wet spots around the septic tank. When your septic tank is in good form, the area around where it is located will be dry. However, if it is a sunny day, and you notice that the area around your septic tank is wet and sludgy, you likely need someone to come and pump it. Why? Because the sludge is likely caused by the waste leaking out from your over-filled septic tank. If you let this problem go on long enough, it can actually cause bigger problems for you and your septic system. So, as soon as you notice sludge around the septic tank area, call someone to come out and get the problem handled...

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3 Signs You Need Your Oil Tank Removed

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Like any appliance, oil tanks can wear and leak. Unfortunately, this means that you lose money on heating oil you purchased that was already in the tank. It also means you will need an oil tank removal professional to come and take the damaged tank away so that you can install another one. Here are three tell-tale signs that it’s time to have your tank removed and replaced. 1, Your Oil Tank is Older Knowing that your oil tank is over 10 years old is a good sign that it may need to be removed. With underground tanks, it can be hard to tell when there are smaller problems that may turn into larger issues and create leaks. For instance, oil tanks can rust and form tiny holes. This is impossible to see without digging up your tank. As a cautionary measure, it’s helpful to dig up your oil tank every 3 to 5 years to check on its level of wear. This can save you from the safety hazards, costs, and headaches that can come along with a worn tank leaking oil into your home, yard, or ground water.  2. It Costs More to Heat Your Home If you find yourself needing to purchase oil more frequently than usual, and this is happening on a consistent basis, it is definitely a sign that you need to at least check the status of your tank. For underground tanks, this means digging the tank up in order to physically see it. It can be difficult to pinpoint an oil tank problem via heating costs because some times of year can be colder than others, meaning you will use more heating oil than normal. 3. You Smell Oil Whether you have an outdoor tank or an indoor tank, when you are smelling a strong stench of oil, it’s time to get your tank removed. You’ll only be able to smell oil if the leak in your tank is severe or prolonged. In either case, this may mean paying for clean up of your property and nearby properties. Depending upon where you live, you may also be charged for contaminating ground water. The only way to stop the leak, granted there’s any oil left, is to remove the tank completely.  If you think your oil tank has any of these symptoms, be sure to contact an oil tank removal specialist like one from Environmental Management Associates Inc as soon as...

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